The United States’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a statement regarding a cyclosporiasis outbreak that has left 212 individuals ill across four states, with seven of those people being hospitalized.
CNN reported that it appears that the illnesses are linked to vegetable trays produced by Del Monte. The veggie trays contain cauliflower, broccoli, celery sticks, carrots, as well as dill dip. The products, which is developed in six, 12, and 28-ounce container trays and comes in clamshell plastic packages, have been recalled since June 15th. The veggie trays did have a best before date, listed as June 17 of this year, and were available at Kwik Star, Demond’s, Kwik Trip, Potash, Peapod, Sentry, Country Market, Meehan’s, as well as FoodMax Supermarket located in Minnesota, Illinois, Wisconsin, Michigan, and Indiana; with Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, and Michigan all reporting illnesses.
According to the Food and Drug Administration in the U.S., the two reports from Michigan bought the veggie tray in Wisconsin, therefore it seems as if Michigan was not impacted by the outbreak.
An intestinal infection which is due to a cyclospora parasite, cyclosporiasis is spread when individuals consumes water or food that is contaminated with said parasite. U.S. health officials within all levels of government (federal, state, and local) are currently trying to identify where the source of the contamination within the food tray lies.
Symptoms of the illness include frequent diarrhea and at times, explosive bowel movements. Other signs of the condition include: stomach pains/cramps, gas, nausea, loss of appetite, weight loss and fatigue. Other symptoms that can sometime arise in the condition as well, include: fever, vomiting, headache and body aches, as well as other flu-type symptoms.
Cyclosporiasis can last anywhere from a few days to months. There are also times when a person with the condition can feel better, only for it to get worse again. Antibiotics can help treat the illness.
Symptoms of the outbreak were first reported in May this year and those who have contracted cyclosporiasis range from 13 years of age to 79.